It is still a bit shocking that the Eagles made the playoffs this season. Most pundits had Philadelphia not only finishing last in the NFC East in 2021 but also being one of the worst teams in the league. Then with a rookie head coach and a quarterback who can’t throw well, the Eagles went 9-8 and made the postseason as a Wild Card. Yet, the Eagles are still in rebuilding mode.
Philadelphia could take another step forward in 2022 by being better in pass defense. The Eagles were 23rd in QBR-allowed (95.4) overall. Marcus Epps played in 16 games, started three of them, and was fourth in the team in tackles but was a terrible 117.3 in QBR-allowed. Rodney McLeod started 13 games but allowed 71.4 percent of the passes thrown his way to be completed.
McLeod is a free agent this offseason. If Philadelphia thinks they have any chance of signing Diggs, he would be by far the better player. Philadelphia still has a relatively young team with their average age thrown off by just a few players. The Eagles top three tacklers in 2021 were all 28 years or younger.
Bringing Diggs in makes the defense better overall but provides leadership for a team still learning how to win consistently.